Myanmar: State, Society and Ethnicity

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N Ganesan, Kyaw Yin Hlaing
Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2007 - 311 ˹
This volume focuses on some of the most important and topical questions about Myanmar. Many of these issues have not been sufficiently researched, comprehensively compiled, and comparatively examined within the broader Southeast Asian context. Especially important contributions in the book pertain to issues of historical influence and political considerations that have shaped the dominant thinking within the state and the military. There are equally important studies of sensitive topics like the political economy of the state and the level of human security in the country. The three major ethnic groups in the country Karen, Kachin, and Shan are also studied in detail. Some of the negotiations between the Karen and Kachin ethnic insurgent group representatives on the one hand, and the military junta on the other, are spelled out in detail. An important corollary finding is the importance of religion and religious personalities in brokering peace between the ethnic groups and the military government. Finally, the book deals with how the various ethnic groups are trying to cope with decades of conflict and reconstruct their communities.
 

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1 Introduction by N Ganesan and Kyaw Yin Hlaing
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2 Statesociety Relations in Southeast Asia by N Ganesan
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3 Minorities and Statebuilding in Mainland Southeast Asia by Rachel M Safman
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4 British Policy towards Myanmar and the Creation of the Burma Problem by Robert H Taylor
70
Japans Policy towards BurmaMyanmar Then and Now by Kei Nemoto
96
Concepts and Implications by David I Steinberg
109
Past and Present by Kyaw Yin Hlaing
143
8 Mapping the Contours of Human Security Challenges in Myanmar by Tin Maung Maung Than
172
A Karen Case Study by Alan Saw U
219
The Kachin Case by Ja Nan Lahtaw
236
11 The Shan in Myanmar by Sai Kham Mong
256
12 Reality Check on the Sanctions Policy against Myanmar by Khin Zaw Win
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Index
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N. Ganesan is Professor at the Hiroshima Peace Institute, Hiroshima City University, Japan.

Kyaw Yin Hlaing is Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, National University of Singapore.

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